I have never really muzzel loader hunted but I have been a couple of times and every time i tried to fire the gun didn't go off so I quit trying. Howerver, last year a buddy of mine came up from tennessee and brought his encore and we went out and i shot a doe. i loved it. felt like shooting a .22 cal I already have a 30-06 rifle and plenty of shotguns so what muzzel loader should i buy. I don't want to spend the money on an encore but I liked the feel. All i need is a muzzel loader. I've heard about the optimas and the CVA's. I would like one that shoots the 209 shotgun primer or one similar. Any suggestions?